Mixed media art textiles – marks from the land with Alice Fox

Art textiles

Ref: SSS10563

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About this course

Explore the potential of found and gathered materials from the West Dean Estate. Use these in a range of techniques for making marks on paper and cloth to record personal experiences of landscape.

Course Description

Discover a range of different techniques to record the landscape surrounding the College, aiming to open your eyes to what is around you and to find the potential in the ordinary. The first evening will include an introduction to the course, samples and examples of relevant work by the tutor. As part of each working day short walks in the grounds will allow you to record the landscape in a variety of ways and gather materials to use back in the studio.

Working with paper, cloth, found materials and hand stitch, each day will have different focus as you build up personal records of your experience of place. Techniques covered will include mark-making, mono-printing, botanical contact printing, natural dyes and ink-making. Each technique will be introduced with time available to explore further and develop individual personal projects, working towards more resolved pieces by the end of the course.

A feature of the Summer School is an immersive learning experience with more time to develop your creativity and embrace further opportunities for creative development beyond your chosen course.

Several early evening creative sessions (5.10pm - 7pm) are planned throughout the week. Extra activities will differ this year in response to social distancing. A detailed timetable for your Summer School week will be given to you on arrival. This will include:

• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work

• Sign up early evening tutor-led drawing sessions in the garden

• Time to relax or explore in the tranquil West Dean Gardens

• Take a break from your course with some free time on Tuesday afternoon, from 3.30-5pm

• Informal end-of-course group reviews and displays of students' work in studios


Timetable for Summer Schools

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for the summer schools will be given to you on arrival.

Arrival Day

Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students should vacate their rooms by 10am please.

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply some of the materials including threads, mono-printing ink, drawing materials and some fabric. The College will supply some of the other materials including paper of different weights, basic drawing materials.

What students need to bring

  • Basic hand sewing kit: needles, pins, scissors
  • A small cardboard box (such as match box, food packaging etc.)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Additional papers, drawing materials
  • Cutting mat, metal ruler and craft knife
  • Sewing needles, pins and a limited range of threads
  • Available from tutor:
  • Fabrics and threads for dyeing


Alice Fox

Alice studied Textiles in Bradford and has practiced as a full time artist since 2011, regularly teaching workshops and exhibiting widely. She is a member of the Textiles Study Group and the Society of Designer Craftsmen. Alice's book Natural Processes in Textile Art was published by Batsford in 2015.
My approach to teaching is very much based on sharing my own experience and encouraging students to find ways of using techniques appropriately in their own work.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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